This is an excellent and filling whole grain cereal. I cooked the wild rice yesterday and then mixed it all in a container (subbing splenda brown sugar for the brown sugar), leaving out the water and butter. This morning at 5:30 I added the water and 1.5 tbsp. butter (I would even go less next time). At first I thought "there is no way this much water will be absorbed" but it worked out beautifully. The dates basically just dissolved into the cereal and the raisins got plumper then I have ever seen them. Plenty sweet I didn't think it needed anything on top. Thanks Sharon!